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first_imgCyclone recovery efforts underway in Mid-West-Gascoyne region Melissa Pexton named State Recovery Controller to lead recovery from Ex-Tropical Cyclone SerojaState Recovery Coordination Group established to manage cyclone recovery effortsPremier Mark McGowan today announced Melissa Pexton has been appointed State Recovery Controller and head of the State Recovery Coordination Group to assist and support communities impacted by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja.Ms Pexton is the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Director Risk, Capability and Analysis, and will lead the whole-of-government approach to recovery efforts.Ms Pexton is also the Executive Officer of the State Emergency Management Committee and has held positions of Deputy Chair and Chair of the SEMC Recovery and Community Engagement Subcommittee.She was previously Manager Emergency Management for the Western Australian Local Government Association, and has held senior roles with Emergency Management Western Australia.The State Recovery Coordination Group is comprised of State and Local Government representatives and not-for-profit organisations.Earlier today, disaster assistance was announced for communities with widespread damage caused by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja.The Local Government areas of Chapman Valley, Dalwallinu, Greater Geraldton, Morawa, Northampton and Shark Bay are now eligible to receive financial assistance through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:“The establishment of a State Recovery Coordinator Group is an important step in the long road to recovery for Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja.“Melissa Pexton’s wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of local communities and emergency services makes her the ideal choice to lead this significant recovery effort as the State Recovery Controller.“Ms Pexton has spent considerable time working with local communities to build resilience when faced with major natural disasters.”As stated by Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby:“We know the impacts of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja will be felt by residents in Kalbarri, Northampton and many other surrounding communities for months, if not years.“The McGowan Government wants to assure communities that we are here to support them as they recover from this catastrophe.“Impacted communities have displayed remarkable resilience in recent days and the State Government will continue to provide strong support as we emerge from this disaster.”Premier’s office – 6552 5000​ /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, community engagement, Dalwallinu, Emergency, Emergency Management, Emergency Services, Fire and Emergency Services, Geraldton, Government, Kalbarri, Local Government, Morawa, Northampton, resilience, Western Australialast_img read more

first_imgCanada increases access to COVID-19 rapid testing for workers From: Health CanadaToday, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, are encouraging businesses and organizations to apply for free rapid tests for workplace screening projects. Workplace screening is another layer of protection for workers, the people they serve and their communities from COVID-19.May 7, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Health CanadaTesting and screening, in combination with personal public health measures and vaccination, are important tools to protect Canadians and help limit the spread of COVID-19. Some studies suggest that up to 50% of COVID-19 transmission could be caused by people without symptoms. Testing and screening are important tools to help reduce the risk of outbreaks, quickly identify and isolate cases, and limit spreading in workplaces and the community.Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, are encouraging businesses and organizations to apply for free rapid tests for workplace screening projects. Workplace screening is another layer of protection for workers, the people they serve and their communities from COVID-19. Across the country, these rapid tests have already helped to identify and stop the transmission of over 11,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.This initiative builds on previous successful rapid testing projects supported by the Government of Canada, including through the Creative Destructions Lab Rapid Screening Consortium. Through these projects, we have directly provided more than 1 million rapid tests to screen more than 100,000 close-contact employees across Canada in 58 organizations including Air Canada, Canadian Blood Services, McCain Foods Canada, Sobeys and Teck Resources.Rapid tests will be available to employers through:Shoppers Drug Mart locations in COVID-19 hot spots in Ontario for small- and medium-sized enterprises.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce will enable local chambers to distribute rapid tests to smaller organizations, based on the successful StaySafe Rapid Testing Program in Waterloo Region;Non-profit, charitable and Indigenous community organizations can pre-register now to access rapid tests through the Canadian Red Cross;Since April, larger organizations with close-contact employees have been able to request rapid tests directly through a new federal portal; andMore federal workplaces where workers are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 can launch workplace screening programs using rapid tests.These actions respond to the expert recommendations from the Testing and Screening Expert Panel’s first report, and the Industry Advisory Roundtable on COVID-19 Testing, Screening, Tracing and Data Management.Today’s announcement provides an additional support to communities, building on their current public health efforts. The Government of Canada will continue to secure supply and provide rapid tests to provinces and territories for use in long-term care facilities, schools, close-contact workplaces and businesses.Quotes“There’s no magic bullet in the fight against COVID-19. We need layers of protection to keep Canadians safe. By providing testing and screening tools to these workplaces, we’re providing organizations with another layer to keep their staff and communities is safe. These programs complement existing public health measures, benefitting families, communities and workplaces. By giving Canadian businesses more access to rapid antigen testing kits, we can detect cases earlier, which will help slow the spread and save lives.”The Honourable Patty HajduMinister of Health“As we continue to fight COVID-19, rapid screening is an important tool to protect Canadians’ health and safety, and help our businesses of all sizes operate safely. Today’s announcement ensuring rapid screening is more accessible is just one of many ways our government is taking a Team Canada approach-working with provincial and municipal partners to protect Canadians and support workers and workplaces through the pandemic and to ensure they can safely operate and have a strong recovery.”The Honourable Mary NgMinister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, our Government has been working closely with industries to find innovative ways to protect the health and safety of Canadians. Today’s announcement is important for Canadians as it will allow businesses to access the right tools to ramp up rapid testing and screening activities within their workplace. This will help businesses protect their employees and customers while we work to safely reopen the economy.”The Honourable François-Philippe ChampagneMinister Innovation, Science and Industry“The Government of Canada is implementing a multi-layered strategy and response to the COVID-19 pandemic through a combination of efforts. In addition to obtaining vaccines, personal protective equipment and other supplies, we continue to procure rapid tests to increase Canada’s testing and screening capacity, and reduce the spread of the virus.”The Honourable Anita AnandMinister of Public Services and ProcurementQuick factsRapid antigen tests-also referred to as rapid screens or rapid tests-are easy to administer, and produce results in as little as 15 minutes. They are most effective at identifying those with high viral load and high transmission potential. A positive rapid antigen test result should be confirmed with a diagnostic polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test by local public health authorities.The Government of Canada has received nearly 42 million rapid tests and shipped 26.7 million rapid tests to provinces and territories, as well as over 1 million directly to organizations for workplace screening.The Government of Canada recently invested $430,000 in Waterloo Region’s StaySafe Rapid Testing Program to provide free rapid screening tests for local workers of small and medium-sized businesses with a target of 3,000 tests per week.In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada announced the extension of emergency support programs including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, and Lockdown Support to finish the fight against COVID-19.In 2020, the Government of Canada provided $4.28 billion via the Safe Restart Agreement to provinces and territories to increase capacity to conduct testing, perform contact tracing and share public health data. This funding provided a foundation to help jurisdictions slow the spread of the virus.PHAC recently updated the Interim guidance on the use of rapid antigen detection tests for the identification of SARS-CoV-2 infection and provided guidance for Long-Term Care Homes. These guidance documents are based on the latest science and are meant to guide provinces and territories in their testing and screening efforts.In January 2021, the Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel released its first report entitled Priority Strategies to Optimize Testing and Screening for COVID-19 in Canada. Recent reports focus on testing and screening in long-term care facilities and schools.The Industry Advisory Roundtable on Testing, Screening, Tracing and Data Management has also provided advice via a report optimizing testing in workplaces to help protect workers in all-sized businesses and a second report on task shifting and self-administration for workplace screening programs. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, Chamber of Commerce, Government, health, health and safety, Indigenous, International trade, Ottawa, personal protective equipment, public health, Public Service, Red Cross, Small Business, vaccination, viral load, Waterloolast_img read more

first_imgRelatedVeteran Councillor Becomes Montego Bay Mayor Veteran Councillor Becomes Montego Bay Mayor Local GovernmentMarch 31, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Veteran Councillor in the St. James Parish Council and President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Glendon Harris, has become the 15th Mayor of the City of Montego Bay. Mayor Harris, who has represented the Maroon Town division for 22 unbroken years, was sworn into office during a ceremony Thursday March 29, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre. The new Mayor, who will also serve as Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, then performed his first official task, presiding over the election of Councillor of the Granville Division, Michael Troupe, as Vice Chairman of the council and Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay. Delivering his inaugural address, Mayor Harris expressed appreciation to the councillors and others across the parish, for the confidence they have placed in him. He pledged that the St. James Parish Council, under his leadership, will “provide a voice for the people of the parish of St. James,” and assured that the duties of the council will be executed in a transparent, accountable, responsible and non-partisan manner. He said that there are a number of issues that will be given priority during his tenure, among them are: improvement of the fire service, including the acquisition of a fire boat; upgrading of the Charles Gordon Market; refurbishing of the clock tower; settlement of the Bogue and Infirmary lands; and cleaning-up of the city. “I will continue to be the voice to lobby for a suitable fire station for the parish as well as a fire boat for the town and wider parish, as the city has been without a fire boat for over seven years.  In collaboration with the relevant authorities, I will be making representation on behalf of the citizens of rural St. James on a matter that has been on the council’s agenda for over 35 years, which is a sub-station for Cambridge and another for Maroon Town,” Mayor Harris said. He informed that a recommendation is before the St. James Parish Council for the purchasing of two vehicles retrofitted with water tank and water pump, which will serve as first response in case of fire.                              Advertisements RelatedVeteran Councillor Becomes Montego Bay Mayor RelatedVeteran Councillor Becomes Montego Bay Mayor By Glenis Rose, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_img Tweet +1 Reddit ← Hands on the Balkans 10-Days Seminar Post-doctoral Scholarships at University of Bucharest The Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities Deadline: 12 December 2014Open to: candidates holding PhD degree in various fieldsScholarship: EUR 10,000/yearDescriptionThe University of Bucharest launches the competition for a number of  4 post-doctoral scholarships worth 10,000 euros each. The duration of  the scholarship is of one calendar year.  The scholarships  are awarded within the Research Center of the University of Bucharest, as follows:1. Section : Humanities  – 1 scholarship Fields : philosophy, history, letters, foreign languages, theology.Contact person : Mihnea DOBRE. Mail: [email protected] Section : Social sciences – 1 scholarshipFields : business and administration, law, journalism , sociology, social assistance, psychology, educational sciences,  political sciences.Contact person : prof. Marian ZULEAN. Mail :[email protected] / [email protected] Section : Sciences  – 1 scholarshipFields : mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry.Contact person : prof. Andrei PAUN. Mail : [email protected],unibuc.ro / [email protected] Section : Life sciences, environment and earth sciences – 1 scholarshipFields : biology, geology, geography.Contact person : Carmen CHIFIRIUC. Mail : [email protected], PhD holders in the fields corresponding with the selected research position.ScholarshipThe annual scholarship worth EUR 10,000 (renewable) is meant to offer material support to highly qualified foreign researchers. The amount is payable in Romanian currency, in 12 monthly installments.ApplicationApplication deadline is 12 December 2014.Required documents :Application formResume of the PhD thesisPhD diploma (copy)ID card (copy)Description of the foreseen research projectLetter of recommendation from the coordinatorSubmission to :University of Bucharest, Office for International RelationsBdul Mihail Kogalniceanu 36 – 46, sector 5, cod 050107, Bucharest,  Romaniamail : [email protected] more information read the official call HERE. Share 0 LinkedIn 0center_img December 5, 2014 Published by tatjana Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. NEW EUROPE COLLEGE FELLOWSHIPS Pocket Similar Stories NEW EUROPE COLLEGE FELLOWSHIPS Ph.D. Fellowship at the Bremen University, Germany →last_img read more

first_imgABC News(CHICAGO) — Embattled actor Jussie Smollett will not appear in the final two episodes of Empire this season in the wake of the criminal charges he’s facing for allegedly falsifying claims of a hate crime.Producers of the Fox show Empire said that Smollett’s character will be removed from the final two episodes of the show.The show’s creators and executive producers Producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer released a joint statement confirming the news.“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season,” the joint statement reads.This update comes a day after Smollett entered a not guilty plea to felony charges for allegedly staging an attack. He returned to the Chicago set of the show after appearing in court Thursday, and insisted to his castmates that he didn’t make up the story, a source familiar with the meeting told ABC News.The actor also filmed scenes for the show on Thursday, according to the source, but the news that producers will not be including his character in the season’s final two episodes suggests that any scenes he did film may not be used.The announcement of his removal from the season’s final two episodes comes more than a week after Strong, one of the show’s co-creators, tweeted that there was no chance that the actor would be written off. The tweet came on Feb. 14, days before Smollett was charged.“There is 0% truth that @JussieSmollett was going to be written off of Empire. This rumor is totally false. He is the third lead and one of the most beloved characters on the show. Writing him off the show has NEVER even been discussed,” Strong tweeted at the time.On Thursday, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct and a Chicago judge set Smollett’s bond at $100,000 and ordered the actor to surrender his passport.The ruling followed a remarkable news conference during the police department’s superintendent blasted the actor and accused him of staging an elaborate hoax that amounted to a “publicity stunt … to promote his career.”The weeks-long investigation into the alleged hate crime attack –- an alarming account that sizzled with a spectrum of hot button issues ranging from race, sexuality and politics to crime and celebrity — riveted and distressed a deeply-divided nation.Standing before Cook County Circuit Court Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke, Jr., Smollett appeared to remain steadfast in his refutation of the felony charge against him. As he did with his fellow actors after the hearing, Smollett has repeatedly insisted that the attack was real and that he was merely a victim, not a perpetrator.If convicted of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false report, the actor faces up to three years in prison.When first assistant state attorney Risa Lanier told Lyke that the actor had picked up two brothers who authorities say carried out the staged attack on him at his direction and showed them the location of where he wanted to be attacked, Smollett shook his head in disagreement.When Lyke told Smollett that the allegations, if true, are “utterly outrageous,” the actor nodded his head in agreement — doing so again when Lyke said the noose detail would be the most despicable part of the alleged scheme.The judge also ordered pre-trial monitoring of the actor, and ordered him to stay away from the two brothers he allegedly conspired with to stage the hoax attack, according to police.Smollett’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 14.The tense courtroom appearance followed on the heels of a morning press conference at which a visibly angry Eddie Johnson, Chicago’s police superintendent, castigated the actor for betraying his race and his city with such an incendiary false claim.“Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” a visibly angry Johnson said. “I am left hanging my head asking ‘why?’. Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? … How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in the city in the face with these false claims?”Johnson charged that Smollett, an actor on the hit show ‘Empire‘ who has consistently denied any role in staging the alleged attack, orchestrated it because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”Smollett’s salary on the show is in the range of $100,000 per episode, according to a source familiar with his contract.In addition to staging the attack, officials said, Smollett also sent himself a hate-filled letter to the Fox studio where the hit show is filmed.Smollett turned himself in at 5:15 a.m. local time and made a statement to police before being taken into custody. His lawyers, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, were not present at the time but they released a statement the night before.“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”Thursday evening, the attorneys released a statement criticizing law enforcement’s handling of the case.“Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system. The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election,” the statement read. “Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”BacklashPolice add that Smollett gave no statement to police after turning himself in and that his lawyers had reached out to them Wednesday night to discuss his surrender. Smollett wanted to turn himself in near midnight, but authorities suggested he come in at 5 a.m. instead, to avoid spending the night in jail. Smollett arrived early Thursday morning accompanied by a female lawyer and an entourage of five or six people.Smollett was silent as he went through the motions of being booked and processed.By late morning on Thursday, the backlash against the actor began at the top, with an angry tweet from the President of the United States.“[email protected] – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA” President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet after the press conference.In an earlier interview with ABC News’s Robin Roberts, Smollett was asked why he thought he was targeted and he replied that he is a strident critic of the Trump administration.“I come really really hard against 45,” he said, referring to Trump, the 45th U.S. president. “I come really really hard against his administration, and I don’t hold my tongue.”‘I’m offended’During a press briefing Thursday morning, Chicago law enforcement officials said that Chicago police detectives interviewed more than 100 people and reviewed dozens of police cameras trying to get to the bottom of Smollett’s claims.Johnson, a well-regarded and popular big city police chief and Chicago native, appeared genuinely aggrieved as he described how, he said, Smollett took advantage of the pain of racism to advance his career.“Why would anyone use the symbol of a noose” to further his “own public profile,” Johnson wondered aloud.“I’m offended by what happened and I’m angry,” Johnson continued. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t own and certainly didn’t deserve.”Johnson, who oversees one of the nation’s largest police departments in one of its most violent cities, seemed disheartened by all the attention paid to the Smollett affair.“The accusation within this phony attack received national attention for weeks,” Johnson told reporters during a press conference. “Celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.”“When you get the opportunity,” he said with a mixture of derision and frustration, “the shooting victims and their families? Give them the same amount of attention.”After the press briefing, 20th Century Fox, the station that airs Empire, released a statement which read, “We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.”‘Self-inflicted’ woundsSmollett told police he was attacked by two masked men near his apartment in Chicago. The two men, Smollett initially said, shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him as a rope was wrapped around his neck and a chemical compound was poured on him. The alleged assailants yelled “MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan, police were told.In his Good Morning America interview with Roberts, Smollett said he was heartbroken when he found out that people questioned his story.Asked why he would leave the rope draped around his neck until police arrived because he “wanted them to see.”“I was looking at myself, just like checking myself out,” he told Roberts. “I saw the bruise on my neck, you know, like the little — the rope burn around my neck. So when the police came I kept the clothes on, I kept the rope on me. … I mean, it wasn’t, like, wrapped around. But, yeah, it was around because I wanted them to see.”Asked why he waited until the second interview to tell police that the assailants yelled “MAGA country” at him during the attack, Smollett seemed to take offense at the insinuation.“For me, the main thing was the idea that I somehow switched up my story, you know? And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing,” Smollett said on ABC News. “I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f—-, they called me a n—-. There’s no which way you cut it.”‘Chicago trusted this young man’Johnson said on Thursday that Smollett’s seeming injuries from the incident also appeared to be phony.“The brothers had on gloves during the staged attack where they — they punched him a little bit, but as far as we can tell, the scratches and bruising that you saw on his face was most likely self-inflicted.”Police identified and questioned two “persons of interest” captured on surveillance video near the scene around the time of the alleged attack. The men, who are brothers, were arrested on Feb. 13 but then released without charges, with police saying they were no longer considered suspects.While being questioned by investigators, the brothers claimed that Smollett paid them to help orchestrate and stage the crime after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent Jan. 22 to the Fox studio where Empire is filmed, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC News.On Wednesday, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false crime report. By that evening, police officially had classified the actor as a suspect in the ongoing investigation. Detectives subsequently presented evidence to a Cook County grand jury.“That was a pretty hateful allegation, and it really put a terrible look on Chicago,” Guglielmi told ABC Chicago station WLS in a telephone interview Thursday morning. “Chicago trusted this young man. We loved Empire, and we took this very seriously that something this hateful could happen in our city.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgNew signs on doors to the Prairie Village Municipal Building note the city’s exemption from HB 2052, which requires city’s to allow firearms in city buildings unless the buildings have “adequate security measures.”The Kansas Senate this week passed a bill that would strip cities and counties of the right to regulate the carrying of firearms within their limits. The bill is of particular interest in northeast Johnson County, where both Prairie Village and Leawood have faced legal action as a result of their ordinances prohibiting openly carried firearms.Sen. Kay Wolf, whose district includes all of Prairie Village and the northern part of Leawood, abstained from voting on the bill. We asked her to share her thinking on the legislation. Here’s what she had to say:My reason for passing was there are parts of the bill I think are good and parts I disagree [with]. We passed wide sweeping gun legislation last year regarding cities’ and counties’ ability to regulate concealed carry unless proper safeguards are put in place (with the exception of K-12). I voted no [on that bill] as I do not believe in circumventing local control.However, last year’s bill passed and it is current law. SB 447 provides uniformity and allows entities to post to not allow open carry within their establishments. As one sheriff stated that train has left the station. With the passage of legislation last year, I believe uniformity is good and I agree with entities having the ability to determine if they do or don’t want open carry. However, on the other hand I disagree with local units of government and counties not being allowed to decide what is best for their respective entities.For that reason, I passed. Interestingly, the Kansas Chief of Police and the Sheriffs Association supported the bill which made it more difficult to determine the bills merits. The bill passed with wide margins so my vote was not a determining factor.last_img read more

first_img Vince McKee ? Game Winner Alert [email protected] are OHSAA Division 1 Soccer State Champions!!! Congrats Bees!!! pic.twitter.com/xbjsgZdDMj— Brad Perkins (@THEBradPerkins) November 11, 2018 Congrats to the Medina Battling Bees on their first #OHSAA boys soccer state championship! pic.twitter.com/Ux9iDsGo14— OHSAA Sports (@OHSAASports) November 11, 2018 Medina boys bring home the ship. Back in the square!!! pic.twitter.com/wezt3maClO— Medina Soccer Association (@MedinaSoccer1) November 11, 2018center_img Cover photo via OHSAA twitter. The staff of NEOSI would like to congratulate the Medina High School Boys soccer team for winning the State Championship last night in Columbus.  What a tremendous achievement for yourselves and school.The dramatic win came on a goal in overtime by Parker Csiszar.  It was an epic finish to an incredible season for the Battling Bee’s. Related TopicsMedina SoccerOHSAAlast_img read more

first_imgWhile seeking to emulate Ronaldo’s achievements in Manchester, Dalot admits it was the presence of Mourinho in the United dugout that convinced him to make a move from Porto.He added: “Jose was a big influence on me coming here.“He was very important. His history speaks for itself, the way he is coaching and the way that he has made football change.“It is the fact that is he is Portuguese too. “The relationship that he has with the players is very good, and it was quite impressive to me.“He pushed me to come here and the way that he believed in me was very good. That is why I am here. He is a big reason why I came.”Dalot was nursing a knock when linking up with United and has been eased into life in new surroundings, taking in just two outings, in the Champions League and Carabao Cup, so far. He is following in some illustrious footsteps, with United having benefited considerably from the presence of Portuguese figures down the years.Jose Mourinho is currently at the helm, while Ronaldo landed the first of his five Ballons d’Or during his time in England.Dalot admits to being inspired by a former United favourite, telling MUTV of his own ambition: “Cristiano, I don’t need to describe him because you already know him.“For me, since I remember, he was the inspiration to play football and of course, if you asked me if the fact he played here was also an influence to come, then of course I say yes.“The way he played here, the way he developed, was unbelievable. I want to make that step too, to improve and play for many, many years here.“He is an inspiration for everyone, for every player, for every young player.“To have a player like that in the world, we just have to enjoy it for as long as he stays with us, playing and giving us the opportunity to enjoy his football.“It was a proud few years for Manchester to have him here and, hopefully, one day the United fans will say it was good for them to have Dalot here.” Diogo Dalot is looking to make a similar impact at Manchester United to that previously enjoyed by countryman Cristiano Ronaldo.The 19-year-old defender completed a £19 million ($24m) switch to Old Trafford over the summer. Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/70/eb/diogo-dalot-miralem-sulejmani-man-utd-young-boys-19092018_ru7ys0yx5us51922cchuwh0xg.jpg?t=-213274675&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

first_imgBy Russell BennettStaring down the barrel of a five-plus goal first-half deficit, all eyes were on the Cobras to see how they’d respond in front of a lively crowd at Spencer Street in Nar Nar Goon on Saturday.The two famous old rivals were vying for the 19th time for the Cunningham Cup, with the ledger 10-8 in Cora Lynn’s favour prior to the clash.But after two weeks off in the wake of their thumping win over Kooweerup, the Cobras started slowly.They looked strangely flat – almost lethargic in their endeavour.And after the Goon jumped out to an early three-goal quarter-time lead – 4.1 (25) to 1.1 (7) – Cora Lynn coach David Main gave it to his boys with both barrels.While the visitors were the first to kick a major, with the in-form Nathan Gardiner capitalising on some stellar clearance work from Chris Johnson, it was their only goal of the term as the Goon looked too strong, too quick, and too switched-on all over the ground.Main was clearly fuming. His side wasn’t playing the same style of footy that led to a 4-0 record through its opening four games of the 2019 campaign.Though Tyler Payroli went down with an injury early, and the Goon was already missing skipper Brendan Hermann, they started fast.“You’re timid, and you’re not putting your head over the ball!” Main said in the Cora Lynn huddle.“They’re bullying us, and you’re running around like millionaires. Eight tackles for the quarter is just not good enough. Holidays are over boys – wake up!But throughout the majority of the second term, the Goon maintained its ascendency.They were first to the contest, and often the first to break clear.Matt Stevens was up and about across half-forward for the home side – providing a confident-looking contested marking target.A Stevens mark and goal was soon followed by other majors to Lachy Hansen (three goals) and Shannon Stocco to have the home side up by six goals.But soon after, a moment of madness turned the game on its head.With enigmatic livewire Nathan Langley alternating from forward to defense, he and North Melbourne 151-gamer Hansen were involved in a scuffle that led to a more significant clash moments later. Hansen was red-carded, and the Goon was a man down for 15 minutes.A goal to Troy Tharle just before the half-time siren kept the Cobras within striking distance, and with the Goon still a man down throughout key stages of the third, they were unable to stretch away.Instead, they were focused on limiting the turnovers, while looking for those shorter, hit-up targets.It was the Cobras who dared to win from that point forward.They trailed heading into the final term, but an early Gardiner goal reduced the margin to just five points.It was part of a wave of momentum that the Cobras rode to victory, ultimately by 13 points – 10.7 (67) to 8.6 (54).A Jai Rout goal put the visitors up by a point after Gardiner’s effort, before Trent Armour responded with an astonishing piece of individual brilliance that started at the centre bounce and culminated with a huge gut-running goal. He was nothing short of superb for the home side – alongside the likes of Jake and Sam Blackwood, and Daniel Galante.But from Hansen’s goal just before his send-off, the Goon couldn’t sore a major until Armour’s effort eight minutes into the last.The Cobras’ aggression at the contest, physicality, and daring all lifted and it was a long-range effort late from Brady White that clinched a stirring win.For the visitors, Johnson’s super impressive work-rate and toughness were on full display, while Travis Woodfield and Troy Tharle matched that same work-rate across forward 50.Tim Payne and Mitch Wallace were outstanding in their key defensive posts, while teenager Kyle Grigg’s shutdown role on the dangerous Troy Toussaint in the second half went a long way to his side winning the game and going 11-8 up in the Cunningham Cup.“We were so slow to react (in the first half) – like most sides, we build around our defense and we allowed Nar Nar Goon to just waltz out of the clearance but also come out with the ball,” Main said after the clash.“With a side like Nar Nar Goon, you can’t just allow them to do what they want like that because they really hurt you.“To their credit, they really put a lot of work into our forward line and really restricted us. Even last year they did a really good job of strangling us up forward and their ability to intercept the ball in our forward 50 was really the frustrating thing for us.”The Cobras were lazy with their forward 50 entries early – playing right into the hands of the likes of Daniel Battaglin down back – but as the game progressed, the Cobras sharpened up drastically.Main acknowledged Hansen’s send off was telling for his own side.“I said to our guys that it was frustrating to see that it needed to take an incident for the guys to react and want to get physical and engage in putting pressure on,” he said, before heaping praise on Grigg’s efforts in his stopping role less than a handful of games into his senior career.“For him to say to me he wanted the job at that age was just awesome. He was another telling factor in us winning the game.”FINAL: Nar Nar Goon 8.6 (54) def by Cora Lynn 10.7 (67)Nar Nar Goon Goals: L. Hansen 3, T. Toussaint, J. Smith, D. Galante, M. Stevens, T. Armour. Best: T. Armour, D. Hansen, J. Blackwood, T. Toussaint, M. Virtue, D. Galante.Cora Lynn Goals: N. Gardiner 3, T. Woodfield 2, T. Meyer, T. Tharle, J. Rout, B. White, L. Hartley. Best: C. Johnson, B. Weller, T. Woodfield, T. Tharle, B. White, T. Payne.Red card: L. Hansen (Nar Nar Goon) [second quarter] WEST GIPPSLAND FOOTBALL NETBALL COMPETITIONREVIEW – ROUND 4 (SPLIT ROUND)last_img read more

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs made another move to bolster the lineup of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club Wednesday by acquiring goalie Caiden Kreitz.Kreitz, who turns 20 later this month, started the season with the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before being moved to Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BC Hockey League.However, according to Leaf GM Lance Morey, Kreitz was not enamored with move to the BC Hockey League and decided, after visiting the Heritage City over Christmas, to agree to come to Nelson.“Caiden is a big pickup for us . . . a major find that really helps us a lot,” Morey told The Nelson Daily Wednesday.“We don’t have a No. 2, we now have a 1 and 1a in our lineup,” Morey added.In 15 games this season the 6-foot, 175 pound Kreitz registered a 3.88 goals against average in 15 games with the Canucks.On December 1, Kreitz was dealt to Cowichan Valley exchange for the CJHL playing rights of defencemen Riley Thorpe.But Kreitz felt playing for the Capitals was not a good fit for the Calgary native. “The acquisition of Caiden really bolsters our roster,” explains Morey, adding Kreitz joins Josh Williams as the Leaf goalies.Morey said to make room for Kreitz, the Leafs dealt Sam Burford to Creston Valley Thunder Cats for future considerations.“Sam is a good kid who wanted to play more, and we knew that, so we wanted to help him out and traded him to Creston,” Morey said.The deal to acquire Kreitz is the second move by the Leafs.Last week, Nelson acquired one of Kreitz’s former Calgary Canucks teammates in forward Dylan Williamson.However, Morey said North Battleford, the team Williamson was traded to by Calgary, is holding up the deal. So, Nelson brass has asked BC Hockey to intervene to get the deal completed.“We don’t expect Dylan to able to play by the weekend,” said Morey, adding that Williams is practicing with the team. “We are hopeful he’s be ready by the January 10th roster deadline.”Nelson faces a tough test this weekend.The Leafs travel to Fruitvale for a date against the defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday before returning to host Eddie Mountain Division leading Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m. Saturday.Nelson, which has more points now, 49, than the team managed during the 2015-16 season, currently sits in second spot in the Murdoch Division, three points behind front running Castlegar Rebels and 12 ahead of third-place Beaver Valley.ICE CHIPS: Leaf GM Lance Morey said a scout for University of Mary Men’s Hockey program of Bizmark, ND, will be in Nelson Saturday to have a look at three Leafs — forward Sawyer Hunt, defenceman Zach Morey and goalie Josh Williams. . .. Nelson will have three players in Kelowna, January 13th to play in the KIJHL Prospects Game. Forwards Ryan Cooper and Ryan Piva is joined by defenceman Dash Thompson. Leaf coach Mario DiBella is coach of the Kootenay Conference squad due to Nelson holding down first place in the Conference as of December 1. . . . Morey said the Leafs are not done yet on the trade market with two cards remaining before the January 10th roster deadline. Currently Nelson has two goals, six defencemen and 13 forwards, not including Dylan Williamson, on the roster.last_img read more